It looks like Marvel made an exciting announcement today! Apparently, Ava DuVernay is going to direct the new Marvel film Black Panther, which is set to release in the summer of 2018.
DuVernay, who is known for directing the film Selma, is now making a film for one of the biggest movie studios in the world, as their first ever non-white, non-male director. This announcement is even more satisfying since DuVernay was denied an Oscar nomination for her work on Selma (which would have made her the first African-American female director to ever be nominated for the award…crazy, right?)
Black Panther will star Chadwick Boseman, and if the film follows the comics, then the American government, the big businesses, and the hero’s fictional African nation of Wakanda, will all clash over a resource that most Marvel fans will most likely recognize from previous films.
The coveted material that these three groups will fight over is the metal called “Vibranium.” Most of you may know it as the strongest metal in the Marvel universe, and others may recognize it as the primary material of Captain America’s shield.
Film critics are excited to see DuVernay’s specific perspective and interpretation of the Black Panther series.
However, DuVernay has pointed out that her comic book knowledge is not particularly extensive, so it looks like she has a lot of reading to do before she gets to any of the actual directing!
Do you think Marvel made the right decision in hiring DuVernay to direct Black Panther?